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Transcript of Giant Pandas
Animals with an internal skeleton made of bone
Include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals, primates, rodents and marsupials.
Vertebrates represent only a very small percentage of all animals
Bamboo forest mountains in Western China
They used to live in eastern and southern parts but expanding human populations limit their refuge.
Growing human population
By: Raquel Munoz
Carnivore digestive system but vegetarian diet (bamboos)
Average life span in the wild:
14-20 (Wild), 30 (Captivity)
Can grow up to 6 feet
Adult panda, 100-150kg
White coat with black fur
Unique physical features:
Broad, flat molar teeth
Enlarged wrist bone that functions as an opposable thumb
WHY THEY MATTER
Pandas play a crucial role in the bamboo forests where they roam by spreading seeds and facilitating growth of vegetation
solitary and peaceful animals
will fight back if necessary
Strong jaw muscles and large molar teeth
Cubs- 6 months
up to 4,000 meters
Do not hibernate
Reach breeding maturity between four and eight years of age.
Female pandas ovulate only once a year, in the spring.
Female giant pandas give birth between 95 and 160 days after mating.
Females may give birth to two young, usually only one survives
Giant pandas do not hibernate.
Pandas spent most of their lives alone.
1. What are the main threats to Pandas ?
2. What is their strongest sense?
3.How can giant pandas live only on bamboo although they have internal organs of carnivorous mammals?
4.Are they forced to eat bamboo?